By Izzy Hessler 03/01/2019
Washington state Governor Jay Inslee announced Friday that he is launching a campaign for President, using fighting climate change as a primary focus. Inslee joins an already crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
Inslee announced the bid in a video on Friday, highlighting his decades of work fighting climate change. “I’m Jay Inslee and I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority,” the governor says in the video, which is titled “Our Moment.”
“We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change. And we’re the last that can do something about it,” Inslee adds. “We can do this. Join our movement. This is our moment.” The announcement is followed by a string of videos from supporters saying, “Our moment.” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” a television star and public advocate for fighting climate change, is among those featured at the end of the video.
As head of the Democratic Governors Association in 2018, Inslee traveled the country stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates and talking to Democrats about climate change. He has told reporters that from speaking to those Democrats, he believes that there is a hunger in the country for a candidate with a central focus on climate change.
Inslee now runs alongside twelve other Democrats, and this number is likely to rise in the next few months. Inslee plans to follow up the announcement with a trip to Iowa and Nevada in the coming days.